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Learning Beyond the Classroom

The Science Learning CenterRebecca ModenStark State CollegeNorth Canton, OH2YC3 Conference May 20th/21st

1 OverviewLearning beyond the classroomLearning center verses tutoring CenterThe Science Learning Center at Stark State CollegeStart up / budgetStaffHoursUpcoming events & workshopsBenefitsDifficulties / IssuesFuture plans

Open Forum2Learning Beyond the ClassroomStudents problems in the Sciences:Students have problems memorizing material.Most students have issues applying the knowledge they have learned to theory based questions. Students believe that reading science text books are very difficult.Once students are lost in a course they need help getting caught up.Students make the science much harder than they are.Study habits are not adequate for the subject material.Students also have problems navigating in web courses.On-line homework also creates major problems for studentsMath problems and writing lab reports.

3Learning Beyond the ClassroomSo how do we address all of these issues?

We can create a place where students can go to:study independently study in a groupwork with an instructorwork with a peer tutoruse a computer to complete tasks with or without assistance on lab reports, course work, on-line homeworkUtilize materials provided to get a better understandingGlasswareBalancesModelsKitsCharts4Learning Center verses Tutoring CenterWhat are the similarities and differences in a Learning Center and a Tutoring Center?Both centers would offer the following:Offers skilled tutors with degrees in the subject materialOffers peer tutors

Learning Centers go above and beyond:Offer hands on materials to improve retentionOffer computers and computer supportOffer programs to cover more difficult materialOffer a variety of science text books Provide charts, tables, and other visual materials

5The Science Learning Center at Stark State CollegeWe have one SLC coordinatorAdministrative duties including HR, development, finance2-3 desk attendants20+ tutors Full time faculty, Adjunct faculty, External Tutors, StudentsSLC specializes in the lab based sciences:Chemistry (5), Biology (10) and Physics (4)Room large enough to containSign in station with a sign in computer and phone10 computer stationsStorage units8 5ft tables with a total capacity of 42 students/tutorsWe have a wall of cabinets to hold materials and a sink to conduct experiments/clean. 6BudgetDepending on the room your school can provide and materials that are available your cost can very greatly.Funding may be available from the following sources:Your schools budgetDonation from local businessesLab fees Tuition feesGrantsIf the above sources are not accessible other sciences can be included to increase the need at the college. 7Start Up Check ListDetermine the budgetObtain a secure room or area Ask for the following items installed in roomComputer stations the more the betterBuilt in cabinets with locksSinkDetermine the materials you will need (models/kits)Set basic rulesSome determined by what is in your center/general rulesSet expectations for staffDetermine amount and type of staffSet hours and justify schedulesObtain a phone and computer for sign in desk8StaffingTutorsAdjunct facultyMust have taught the material or have extensive knowledge of the subject materialStudent tutorsMust have an A or B in the courses they tutorFull time FacultyAll full time faculty at stark state are required to donate one hour of their office hours to work in the centerTutoring AssistantsWe have open positions for individuals that are not associated with Stark State that have Bachelor degrees in the subject area they wish to tutor Desk attendantsStudents working up to 20 hours per week9HoursOur hours:Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8:00pmFriday 8:30am-4:30pmSaturday 10:00am-2:00pmHours are always subject to change based on the following criteriaCurrent semester Fall, Spring or SummerBreaks or final examsTutor availabilityStudent interest

10Upcoming Events and WorkshopsSummer 2011Chemistry and Physics weekly lab report workshop

Fall 2011Chemistry and Physics lab report workshopOffered the first 3 weeks of the semester multiple timesLab reports support sessionsOffered all semester 1 time per weekGOB I lab 6 workshop How to write equationsOffered multiple times in appropriate week for lab 6GOB I and GOB II Lab practical workshops Offered multiple times in the appropriate weeks during

11BenefitsGives the students an area where other students are also studying scienceAllows students to obtain free tutoring servicesStudents can see the same tutor each time or different tutors to obtain a different point of viewThe hands on materials can help students solidify what they learned in the classroomGives a neutral area that students feel comfortable going to talk to their instructors.Not in class in front of other classmates but not in the instructors officeWorking problems and studying helps the students fully understand the material

12Difficulties / IssuesHow many tutors should be hired at a given time?What should be the minimum time frame that a tutor can sign up for?I require more than 1.5 hour time frames What should you do if tutors consistently cancel or show up late.Should the center be closed if tutors are not available during a specific time of the day?A staff member must be present for the center to be openWho should be enforcing the rules? The coordinator defiantly should but what about other staff members?13Future GoalsWe plan to implement more workshops as neededFaculty will suggest necessary areas for improvementPractice lab techniquesPipette with a suction bulbRead balancesRead the correct number of significant figures based on the glassware that is used.Peer study groupsDays of the week will be designated for specific classes. Tutors will be available if necessary for issues but will not directly involved with the session.